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Learning To Love, And Forgive, In Brilliant 'Day'

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:03am

Matt Pym's funny, humane new novel follows a biracial man coming to terms with his identity — and the daughter he never knew about. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it a "beautiful, triumphant miracle."

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It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 2:43am

Photographer David Jay says, "I take these pictures so that we can look; we can see what we're not supposed to see. And we need to see them because we created them."

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Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:10pm

"I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.

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Long-Time Actress And Comedian Anne Meara Dies

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:51pm

Meara, who was married to Jerry Stiller and mom to Ben Stiller, had roles on Rhoda, Alf, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.

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How Running Away From Home Opened Doors In Hollywood

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:42pm

Actor Kenneth Choi is best known as the boisterous Chester Ming in The Wolf of Wall Street. Growing up in Chicago, acting was his passion, but his dad didn't approve. So he ran away — to Hollywood.

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Single-Named Singers From The Present And Past

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:27am

Every answer is the name of a famous, one-named singer like Madonna or Beyoncé. Identify each one from its anagram, to which one extra letter is added. The singers are a mix of past and present.

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Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:27am

Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.

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Online Art Sites Aim To Fill Gap Between Etsy And Sotheby's

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:27am

Let's say you're not a millionaire but you're still interested in buying affordable art from the comfort of your living room. There's now a burgeoning business of selling mid-priced art online.

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Friendship, Magic And Danger Blossom In 'Uprooted'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:03am

Naomi Novik's latest is a re-worked "Beauty and the Beast," with a powerful female friendship at its heart. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "moving, heart-breaking, and thoroughly satisfying."

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This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:45am

M.G. Vassanji's book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.

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What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 8:48pm

It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.

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'Sunshine Superman': A Love Story Against The Backdrop of BASE Jumping

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 4:28pm

BASE jumping pioneer Carl Boenish became famous for jumping with his wife Jean in the 1970s and '80s. Marah Strauch, director of the documentary, says "this felt like a love story to me."

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'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 6:54am

In Nell Zink's new book, Mislaid, a young woman marries her male professor. It's 1965. She likes women; he likes men. What follows is a biting satire about gender, race and sexuality.

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'Dietland': A 'Fight Club' For Women That Reclaims The Word 'Fat'

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 6:54am

Sarai Walker's new novel centers on Alicia "Plum" Kettle, a 20-something writer who's saving up for weight loss surgery when she joins an underground feminist collective.

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Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Alton Brown

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 6:03am

Whether you're barbecuing OR grilling, a meat-eater or a vegetarian, here's how to keep your flavor from going up in smoke this Memorial Day weekend.

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The Fireworks Of 'Illusionarium' Never Quite Feel Real

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 6:03am

Heather Dixon's novel is a rough roller-coaster of magic and conspiracy, centered on a boy battling a deadly plague. Reviewer Tasha Robinson says it seems more like a movie treatment than a book.

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The Exquisite Dissonance Of Kehinde Wiley

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:22pm

The Brooklyn Museum's mid-career Wiley retrospective wraps up this week; his large, elaborate works depict black men and women in traditional forms like oil, bronze sculture and even stained glass.

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The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:36pm

Brad Bird's new sci-fi adventure film features George Clooney, Britt Robertson and an endless sense of possibilities. David Edelstein says the film makes a "near-hysterical case" against pessimism.

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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:36pm

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: For 'Mad Men' And Letterman, A Week Of Goodbyes

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:54am

Mad Men just ended after seven seasons; David Letterman is done with late-night TV after 33. The gang discusses both farewells, both legacies, and What's Making Us Happy this week.

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